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South Africa said it is being punished for detecting the new coronavirus variant Omicron. "Excellent science should be applauded and not punished," the South African foreign ministry said. See all newslettersSouth Africa complained that it was being punished for detecting the new coronavirus strain Omicron after worldwide travel restrictions on flights from southern Africa were hurriedly introduced. "Excellent science should be applauded and not punished," the South African foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday, reported the BBC. Researchers in South Africa detected the first known case on November 9 and reported the variant to the WHO on November 24.
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Omicron cases discovered on flights into Amsterdam as scientists race to evaluate the new threat. Image A flight information board shows canceled flights at in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday. Health officials in Australia on Sunday confirmed the first two cases of the Omicron variant in that country, in two travelers arriving from southern Africa over the weekend. Tracking Omicron and Other Coronavirus Variants Coronavirus mutations, variants and lineages. Around the same time, researchers in South Africa stumbled across Omicron in a cluster of cases in the province of Gauteng.
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Many of the early infections in South Africa were spotted among younger people more likely to experience mild illness, he said. Currently, much remains unknown about the Omicron variant, which has a concerning number of mutations not seen before. Credit... Amir Cohen/Reuters The discovery the Omicron variant comes at a delicate moment for an airline industry that was just starting to see a rebound. The question is whether the new coronavirus variant will deter travelers, as the Delta variant did this summer. Credit Credit... Sumaya Hisham/ReutersBritain announces a third case of the Omicron variant as the health secretary defends decision on restrictions.
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Credit... Amir Cohen/Reuters Japan on Monday joined Israel and Morocco in sealing its borders to all foreign travelers in response to the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Much remains unknown about the Omicron variant, which has a concerning number of mutations not seen before. Many of the early infections in South Africa were spotted among younger people more likely to experience mild illness, he said. The question is whether the new coronavirus variant will deter travelers, as the Delta variant did this summer. Global coronavirus cases by region This chart shows how reported cases per capita have changed in different parts of the world.
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Some in South Africa said they felt their nation was being punished for alerting the world to a potentially threatening coronavirus variant. After detecting the Omicron variant, South Africa feels ‘punished’ by global travel bans. South Africa Coronavirus Cases All time Last 90 days 5,000 10,000 15,000 cases Apr. The economies of South Africa and Botswana are reliant on tourists from the United States, Europe and China. It was unclear as of late morning local time if the cases were linked to the newly discovered Omicron variant.
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Scientists are concerned about the number of mutations in the new Omicron variant. The mutations might cause the variant to evade antibodies from a previous infection or a vaccine. It's not clear yet whether existing COVID-19 vaccines will protect against the variant. It's not clear yet whether existing COVID-19 vaccines will protect against the variant. The WHO in its classification of the Omicron variant said it "has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning."
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U.K. confirms two cases of Omicron coronavirus variant. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyAfter detecting the Omicron variant, South Africa feels ‘punished’ by global travel bans. South Africa Coronavirus Cases All time Last 90 days 5,000 10,000 15,000 cases Apr. The economies of South Africa and Botswana are reliant on tourists from the United States, Europe and China. Hesse contains the city of Frankfurt, a financial hub with a busy airport where two Lufthansa flights arrived from South Africa on Friday.
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U.K. confirms two cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant. “Thanks to our world-class genomic sequencing, we have been made aware of two U.K. cases of the Omicron variant,” Mr. Javid said. The British government confirmed the two cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant were linked to travel in southern Africa. The British government confirmed the two cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant were linked to travel in southern Africa. South Africa Coronavirus Cases All time Last 90 days 5,000 10,000 15,000 cases Apr.
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A new coronavirus variant has been identified in Botswana and South Africa. The UK instituted travel restrictions on Thursday for six African countries following the news. People that don't live in the UK aren't allowed to travel into the UK from these countries. Delta, a variant first spotted in 2020, currently accounts for 99.9% of new coronavirus cases in the US, per ABC News. The variant seems to be responsible for an uptick in coronavirus cases in South Africa, per officials.
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A man enters the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) on June 15, 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland. The World Health Organization will meet on Friday to discuss a new heavily-mutated variant of Covid-19. The variant known as B.1.1.529 has been detected in small numbers in South Africa, WHO officials said. The U.K. Health Security Agency is investigating the variant, which Health Secretary Sajid Javid said is "potentially concerning." The South African rand nosedived on Friday morning to more than 16.2 against the dollar as investors rushed for cover.
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Image South Africans faced pending travel restrictions in several countries within hours of the announcement about the new variant. This time, restrictions came within hours of South Africa’s announcement — and hours before health officials from the country were scheduled to discuss the variant with the World Health Organization. Britain and Israel announced bans on flights from South Africa and several neighboring countries on Thursday, citing the threat of the new variant. Britain’s flight ban applies to six countries — South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe — and begins at noon local time on Friday. So far only a few dozen cases have been identified in South Africa, Hong Kong, Israel and Botswana.
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A worrying variant foundA new variant, dubbed B.1.1.529, has been mostly identified in Botswana and South Africa, as well as Hong Kong, where it was imported by a traveller. It could have been in South Africa or Botswana, or in a neighboring country, or somewhere else entirely. As of Thursday, just 23.51% people in South Africa and 19.58% in Botswana have been vaccinated, Our World in Data reported. A graph showing the vaccine rates of South Africa and Botswana compared to many of the world's wealthiest countries. Our World in DataThis means the nightmare scenario could be arriving in just the way experts warned about.
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South Africa's top infectious diseases expert has asked billionaires to help fight coronavirus variants in Africa. Tulio de Oliveira said Africa needs financial support "to control and extinguish variants." de Oliveira pleaded to "all billionaires in this world" to support Africa financially to "control and extinguish variants," and name-checked Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Jeff Bezos. "Our poor and deprived population cannot be in lockdown without financial support." South Africa has been praised for its fast response in detecting the variant, B.1.1.529, and sounding the alarm.
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A new coronavirus variant, B.1.1.529, has spread rapidly in South Africa. See all newslettersA chart from South African officials shows how a new coronavirus variant quickly came to dominate in a province of the country, supplanting the Delta variant. It was shown in a briefing from South Africa's Department of Health on Thursday warning about the B.1.1.529 variant. As of Friday, the variant had been detected in South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong. Its ascent was much faster than the Beta (green) and Delta (red) variants, which each took months to become dominant.
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Belgium recorded its first case of the new coronavirus variant seen spreading in southern Africa, its health minister said Friday. Previous cases had been restricted to South Africa, Botswana, and a single case in Hong Kong, which was imported by a traveler. The origin of the variant is unclear, but it is spreading in South Africa. —Tulio de Oliveira (@Tuliodna) November 25, 2021The UK restricted flights from Botswana, South Africa, and four other southern African nations on Thursday. Germany and Belgium imposed flight bans from southern African countries on Friday, while the European Union is considering a bloc-wide ban.
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Advice on how to protect yourself against the coronavirus can be seen on a poster standing in the market square in Brügge, Belgium. In the background, the town hall with the Belfry, an 80-metre-high tower, one of the city's landmarks. Belgium has confirmed a case of the new, heavily mutated variant of the virus that causes Covid-19, according to one of the country's leading virologists. Marc Van Ranst, who works with the Rega Institute, said a sample was confirmed as the novel B.1.1.529 variant in a traveler who returned from Egypt on Nov. 11. The variant was first detected in a small number of samples in South Africa, according to the World Health Organization.
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In the past, governments have taken days, weeks or months to issue travel restrictions in response to new variants. So far only a few dozen cases of the new variant have been identified in South Africa, Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel. Image More than 40 percent of adults in South Africa have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccination. Only several dozen cases have been fully identified so far in South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong and Israel. As several countries including Britain and France rushed to restrict flights from South Africa and other countries in the region, airline stocks dropped.
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What scientists know about the new variant, B.1.1.529.
  + stars: | 2021-11-26 | by ( Lynsey Chutel | ) www.nytimes.com   time to read: +1 min
Scientists are still unclear on how effective vaccines will be against the new variant flagged by a team in South Africa, which displays mutations that might resist neutralization. The new variant, B.1.1.529, has a “very unusual constellation of mutations,” with more than 30 in the spike protein alone, according to Tulio de Oliveira, director of the KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform. On the ACE2 receptor — the protein that helps to create an entry point for the coronavirus to infect human cells — the new variant has 10 mutations. In comparison, the Beta variant has three and the Delta variant two, Mr. de Oliveira said. The variant shares similarities with the Lambda and Beta variants, which are associated with an innate evasion of immunity, said Richard Lessells, an infectious diseases specialist at the KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform.
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South African officials initially said there was one confirmed case in a traveler from South Africa to Hong Kong. Passengers walk through the arrivals area at London's Heathrow Airport on November 26, after the UK suspended flights from several nations in southern Africa. Peacock said the South African health ministry and its scientists "are to be applauded in their response, their science, and in sounding the alarm to the world." The reaction to the announcement of the new variant discovered by South African health authorities was also prompt. South Africa, like much of the region, has suffered through three significant Covid-19 waves since the pandemic's start.
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After detecting the Omicron variant, South Africa feels ‘punished’ by global travel bans. South Africa Coronavirus Cases All time Last 90 days 5,000 10,000 15,000 cases Apr. The economies of South Africa and Botswana are reliant on tourists from the United States, Europe and China. Image More than 40 percent of adults in South Africa have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccination. Late on Thursday Britain said it was suspending flights temporarily from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
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South Africa has seen a dramatic rise in new infections, Phaahla said at an online press briefing. Scientists in South Africa are working to determine what percentage of the new cases have been caused by the new variant. Currently identified as B.1.1.529, the new variant has also been found in Botswana and Hong Kong in travelers from South Africa, he said. “This new variant has many, many more mutations,” including more than 30 to the spike protein that affects transmissibility, he said. Amid the rise in cases, scientists studied the genomic sequencing and discovered the new variant.
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A variant with 'worrying' number of mutations has been detected in South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong. Experts are concerned its mutations may help it to avoid antibodies produced by vaccines and treatments. Experts are worried that the mutations might make the virus more infectious and help it avoid the antibody response, but this hasn't been proven. The Hong Kong case was attributed to an individual who had traveled to South Africa, according to South Africa's National Institute for Communicable Diseases Thursday. The World Health Organization and health officials from South Africa, where most of the cases have been detected, are due to meet to discuss the variant on Friday.
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The World Health Organization is monitoring a new variant with numerous mutations to the spike protein, scheduling a special meeting Friday to discuss what it may mean for vaccines and treatments, officials said Thursday. The variant, called B.1.1.529, has been detected in South Africa in small numbers, according to the WHO. "Especially when the spike happens in Gauteng, everybody travels in and out of Gauteng from all corners of South Africa. It's a matter of days and weeks before we see that," South Africa Minister of Health Joe Phaahla said during the briefing. "It's really important that there are no knee-jerk responses here, especially with relation to South Africa," Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO's emergencies program, said.
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(CNN) South Africa's health minister announced Thursday the discovery of a new coronavirus variant that appears to be spreading rapidly in parts of the country. "Initially it looked like some cluster outbreaks, but from yesterday, the indication came from our scientists from the Network of Genomic Surveillance that they were observing a new variant," Minister of Health Joe Phaahla said, stressing that it is currently unclear where the variant -- currently dubbed B.1.1.529 -- first emerged. It has so far been detected in South Africa, Botswana and in a traveler to Hong Kong from South Africa, Phaahla added. During a news briefing, genomic scientists said the variant has an unusually high number of mutations, with more than 30 in the key spike protein -- the structure the virus uses to get into the cells they attack. Professor Tulio de Oliveira, the director of the Center for Epidemic Response and Innovation, said the variant has "many more mutations than we have expected," adding it is "spreading very fast and we expect to see pressure in the health system in the next few days and weeks."
Persons: Health Joe Phaahla, Phaahla, Tulio de Oliveira Organizations: CNN, Network of Genomic, Health, Center Locations: South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong
Credit Credit... Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times For a moment it seemed New York City was almost back to normal. “And it is important that we do them together.”Canada becomes the first country to fully approve the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the United States has not been as widespread as that of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, and studies have found the Johnson vaccine provides less protection than the other two. Johnson & Johnson doses have been distributed abroad through Covax, the global vaccine-sharing program, in an effort to bolster immunity in poorer countries, including many in Africa. Many of those shots have been provided through a deal reached in May, under which Johnson & Johnson agreed to sell about 200 million doses to Covax at a discounted rate.
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